If you are planning a holiday this summer or autumn you should consider the Balearic Islands because they are an affordable, convenient and interesting travel destination. That said, for many intrepid travellers who love to traverse authentic landscapes, the Balearic Islands’ reputation can put them off, which is a real shame!
There is so much more to this Spanish archipelago than the nightclubs and tourist hoards of Magaluf. Read ahead to learn more about why you should not immediately discount the Balearic Islands when you are planning your next sunny break.
Magaluf – a package holiday destination, best avoided for most
Known for non-stop partying, full English fry-ups and a general sense of mayhem caused by drunken holidaymakers from around the UK, Magaluf is located on the Balearic Island of Majorca. While this resort town is a package holiday destination frequented by millions of visitors a year, more seasoned travellers will likely be turned off.
Majorca – it’s possible to get away from the crowds!
The Balearic Island located closest to the mainland Spain, Majorca is home to stunning beaches, massive mountain ranges and lovely little sheltered coves. To get away from the crowds, head an hour away from the airport to Cala Sant Vicenç. Home to adult-only resorts, pretty private beaches and relaxation galore, this destination will allow you to chill out and truly soak up the peaceful Mediterranean Sea vibes. If you get a bit too relaxed and want some more action, you can head to Port de Pollença, a small fishing village that offers visitors an active strip of bars, restaurants and tourist shops that will keep you busy and entertained.
Menorca – perfect for families
Far less bustling and hectic than its neighbours Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca can be a peaceful and cultural alternative in the Balearics. Known for miles and miles of pine-lined beautiful beaches and calas(rocky bays filled with turquoise waters). If you want to spend some time dining at delicious tapas bars and soaking in the local flavour, visit the capital of Mahon. Looking for the perfect beach on Menorca? Try Son Bou / San Jaime for the longest stretch of sand on the island.
Ibiza – so much more than a dance party destination
If you are looking for a unique culture, gorgeous beaches, brilliant sunsets and a fascinating history, look no further than Ibiza. You might be incredulous, thinking that Ibiza is only a good choice for those who want to engage in debaucherous hedonism, but it is so much more. Offering gourmet Spanish food (fresh seafood tapas is not to be missed), luxury shopping and high end resorts perfect for a splurge, Ibiza should be on your radar. Looking for a phenomenal place to stay in San Miguel? Try the Hacienda Na Xamena. Lovely and secluded, the Hacienda Na Xamena offers a world class spa and boasts an infinity pool situated on a cliff that overlooks the mountains.
Formentera – the lesser known Balearic Island
If you are seeking a beach-lover’s paradise and want a less developed holiday destination, Formentera is your best bet. Known for idyllic white sands and relaxing holiday resorts, you can spend weeks here away from the crowds and in vacation bliss. Try the eco-resort Es Pas for a smart choice that you can feel good about.
The Minor Island and Islets
If the four major Balearic Islands listed above still feel a little bit too mainstream and crowded, you can really get off the beaten track by visiting the minor islands and islets of the Balearics. These include including Cabrera, S'Espalmador and Dragonera. Do plan ahead, as sometimes it can be difficult to reach these destinations, and you may need to hire a water taxi or even a seaplane.
Once you have chosen your Balearic getaway, you will soon see that this archipelago has something for everyone. Bon Voyage!